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From Claire Mortimer, October 2003 - Green Party of Hawaii Chair
I have become increasingly disturbed by the offensive tone of guest columnist William Rusher in pieces published by TGI on October 1 & 21. The headline last Tuesday read: "How Red is the Green Party", and was written in larger capital letters than any other headline in the paper.
Mr. Rusher characterizes Peter Camejo, the Green Partys candidate, as "a rabid leftist, who didnt bother to conceal the streak of hatred so typical of leftists". Evidently he came away from the debates with a very different impression of Mr. Camejo than recent polls. After the September 24 "Super Bowl" debate, 32% of respondents chose Camejo as the winner in a poll conducted by the San Francisco Chronicle. The Los Angeles Times found that among Democrats, 25% saw Camejo as the winner, compared to 13% for Democrat Bustamante. Camejos favorable ratings increased after each debate, according to a California Field Poll, with upwards of 2 million Californians giving Camejos candidacy positive marks by the end of the campaign.
Evidently, many people welcome new ideas and new voices to public debate. The Green Party is that voice.
Hate is the antithesis of Green values, and is not at all what Peter Camejo or any other Green Party candidate advocates.
Mr. Rusher goes too far when he states that the Green Party "should be renamed the Red Party". This type of red-baiting harkens back to the bad old days of McCarthyism, and has no place in the post-Cold War world. By publishing such inflammatory rhetoric, The Garden Island does a disservice to civilized political discourse.
Peter Camejo is, in fact, a 63-year-old businessman and stock broker who pioneered the field of socially conscious investing for people who want to put their money where their values are. How does that jive with Rushers preposterous accusation that Camejo is a "Trotskyite Communist"?
Locally the Green Party of Hawaii is comprised of members from all walks of life, including businesspeople, university professors, gardeners, parents and grandparents. We are your neighbors and friends, working on community issues such as peace, property tax justice, and protection of the aina.
Currently there are 177 Greens in elected office across the country, including Bob Jacobsen on the Big Island. Mr. Jacobsen was elected to a Hawaii County Council seat which has been occupied by Greens for 12 consecutive years.
The Ten Key Green Values are the guiding principles for our programs and actions:
Social Justice And Equal Opportunity
Community-Based Economics and Economic Justice
Respect For and Celebration of Diversity
Personal And Global Responsibility
Future Focus And Sustainability
The Green Party is the only international peace party in the world. The Global Greens Network is comprised of Green Parties in 72 nations on every populated continent.
The Green Party does not accept money, directly or indirectly, from corporations or banks to ensure that corporate greed does not influence our agenda or violate our principles.
Greens stand for peoples needs over corporate profit and greed, peace over war, and truth over lies.
The corporate-controlled media generally does not include Green voices (or even the voice of progressive Democrat Dennis Kucinich) in its coverage of political debate. True freedom of speech can only flourish when all voices are heard in an atmosphere of mutual respect.